Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

Finnish defenders sometimes, though very rarely, took fallen Russian soldiers and raised them upright in a form of psychological warfare. Although rare, some cases have been documented.

 

Ordinary Russian soldiers and Finnish soldiers had great respect for the dead and would allow both sides to peacefully retrieve and bury their dead and for such occasions an immediate ceasefire.

 

Each side also buried the opposing side's dead, leaving a stick on the ground marking the burial site and leaving all tags intact to identify the dead.

 

The Soviet Union demanded that the Finns move the border between the USSR and Finland 25 kilometers past Leningrad and grant them a 30-year lease on the Hanko Peninsula for the construction of a naval base. The ultimate goal was to create a buffer zone around Leningrad. The Finnish refused and thus the Winter War began.